‘Fire on the Forty’ initiative expands reach: Burn season 2024 applications open

‘Fire on the Forty’ initiative expands reach: Burn season 2024 applications open

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The “Fire on the Forty” program, a joint initiative of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and other organizations, offers cost-sharing for prescribed burning on private lands.

The program has assisted in prescribed burns over 84,000 acres since its start in 2011. Prescribed burns are vital for managing forests and wildlife. Through this initiative, selected focal counties can receive up to 75% reimbursement for prescribed burn expenses.

Thanks to federal grant increases, 65 out of 82 Mississippi counties are now included as focal areas. The program is supported by various grants, targeting specific regions or species, such as the gopher tortoise or habitats like the Black Belt Prairies. Detailed information and a map of focal areas can be found on the program’s website.

For landowners to be eligible for 2024 burn season funding, applications must be submitted before Oct. 20. Applications will be ranked based on the potential wildlife benefits. The program’s funding comes from the Department of the Interior, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund.